Betula nigra Heritage Tree
Plant birch Betula nigra ‘Heritage’ in your garden in the dormant season and you’ll be providing an on-going roosting, nesting and e...Read More
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Plant birch Betula nigra ‘Heritage’ in your garden in the dormant season and you’ll be providing an on-going roosting, nesting and even a food-supplying source for your garden birds.
Birches are a relatively fast-growing family of trees that grow well in a number of situations in full sun or dappled shade, given moist soils.
Birds will use this tree as a roosting site appreciating its tall and vertical habit not only to evade danger from predators but as a vantage point for projecting their calls. Male chaffinches, warblers and wrens are particularly vocal in spring when attracting a mate and asserting their territory.
In autumn birch catkins make good food substitutes for alder fruit for lesser and mealy redpolls – attractive members of the finch family.
The leaves turn an attractive buttery yellow before falling in autumn to reveal handsome shaggy bark in winter. The naturally-peeling shaggy bark is not only attractive, but ideal for insects to hide and take shelter in the grooves. This, in turn, attracts insectivorous birds like treecreepers and woodpeckers.
How to plant your tree
This bare-root variety arrives to you as a bare-root plant fully-labelled with its roots surrounded by a polythene bag to give the roots a good, humid environment.
There should be some healthy roots which will develop strongly in the ground over winter. The stems are bare on arrival- this is perfectly fine- and will start to grow and develop leaves in spring the following year when the weather warm up.
Bare-root plants are perfect for you to plant in the ground or in containers anytime from autumn to spring. The head of leaves and stems will burst into leaf and flower from next spring, and a good root network which will establish in the ground over winter.
Remove the polythene bag and water the root area of your bare-root plant on arrival. Try to plant straight away but if this is not possible your plant will survive up to two or three days with its roots buried in some loose moist soil. Keep out of direct-sun.
Once planted in rich, moist soil provide a thick layer of compost on the surface around the plant will keep the soil area warm and the roots stimulated for over winter.
Eventual height: 12m (39ft)
Supplied as bare-root plant
Delivery from early November to early April